Mormon Reflections on the Word: Agency

This article was written by Katherine T., a student at Brigham Young University. Alma 42:27 “Therefore, O my son, whosoever will come may come and partake of the waters of life freely; and whosoever will not come the same is not compelled to come; but in the last day it shall be restored unto him according to his deeds.”   In our church we believe in free agency. We have the power to choose the course of action we take, and as a collective group we pattern our life after the Savior Jesus Christ. As a young adult (or emerging adult as my elders continue to remind me) I thought it was fitting to focus on a scriptures about free agency, because let’s face it I love being able to decide what to do. I love being in college...

Does a Sunny Outlook Preclude Literary Greatness?

Does a Sunny Outlook Preclude Literary Greatness?

The true measure of literary greatness depends on, well, how you measure it. Is great literature defined by critics, readers or awards? Longevity through generations? Literature that inspires change—political, cultural or religious? What yardstick is used, so to speak, in making a judgment? A recent New York Times column stated that in 1888, Orson Whitney—a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes inadvertently called the Mormon Church—spoke of the possibility of Mormon literature, saying, “We will yet have Miltons and Shakespeares of our own.” The column stated that, 125 years later, this has not happened. [1] The columnist is both right and wrong. By the world’s standards, Latter-day...

5 Ways Mormons Celebrate Halloween

5 Ways Mormons Celebrate Halloween

1. Trunk or Treat It sounds like Halloween, has all the candy of Halloween, just minus threatening strangers with vandalism. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently called Mormons) love Trunk or Treat because they love celebrating in a way that is very safe for their children.  Families decorate their cars and stock up on treats, then park in the church parking lot.  Kids go from car to car trick-or-treating.  This is especially great in neighborhoods or areas where it is inconvenient or dangerous for kids to go door to door. 2.  Dress up in ridiculous costumes Dressing in absurd costumes may be the most effective booze-less approach to raucous good times. Mormons promise to lead...

New Mormon Website Tackles Pornography Addiction

New Mormon Website Tackles Pornography Addiction

Even just 50 years ago, pornography was something you had to actively search for. Today, salacious and inappropriate images and content will find you. Contrary to what the world may say, pornography is addictive and destructive. Not only does pornography destroy the users spirit, but in so many cases it destroys family relationships as well. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often inadvertently referred to as the Mormon church) has taken a decided stand against pornography and has gone so far as to create a website dedicated to both the prevention of and the recovery from pornography.[1] Prevention and Recovery While certainly The Church of Jesus Christ believes that prevention is the best way to deal with...

Online Attacks Against Mormonism and ‘Shaken Faith Syndrome’

Online Attacks Against Mormonism and ‘Shaken Faith Syndrome’

The digital age gives new meaning to the phrase “power to the people.” No longer do people have to wait for the nightly newscast or the newspaper to find information. All of this is available any time, day or night, through the Internet—on smart phones, handheld devices and computers. And no longer are the news media the only source of information. Anyone who has access to the Internet has a voice to broadcast his or her beliefs and opinions in picture, video and the written word. Knowledge is power, and so is the ability to disseminate it. And the power is in the hands of the people. For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—sometimes inadvertently called the Mormon Church—this is presenting both...

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